News from Italy: Italian police, tipped off by phone taps, swept up 94 mobsters seeking to reestablish the organizational structure of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra and elect a “capo di capi,” a single all-powerful boss. The Independent reports that the meeting had been organized from behind bars by Bernardo Provenzano, a mobster arrested in 2006 and nicknamed “The Tractor” for his ability to mow people down. The Tractor had been wanted for 40 years, but eluded arrest because he refused to use telephone, snail mail, fax or computer, but relied on typed notes delivered by a network of couriers. His successors discarded Provenzano’s caution, which allowed police to amass an impressive amount of information by wiretap and led to yesterday’s arrests.
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